When I visited: April 2019
Location: London (Park Lane)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Recommended (used to have 1 star)
What to wear: Men – shirt and nice trousers and shoes; women – smart dress or smart trousers / skirt and top
Ambience: Smart, efficient
Course of the meal: Salmon and crab and avocado cream
If I could change one thing: More innovative food
When I arrived at Galvin, the sister restaurant of Galvin La Chapelle which is at the top of the Hilton Park Lane hotel, the maitre d’ explained that they had one of the best tables for us, which they did – we had views stretching out over London on a (luckily) clear evening. The views at ‘Windows’ are definitely a USP and other diners came over a few times to take some pictures.
We shared a lovely Gewurtztraminer (chosen with the help of the sommelier) and shared some bread before choosing the salmon and crab and avocado cream, asparagus and Iberico pork starters (which were all fairly substantial in size and well-balanced). For mains, we tried the lobster bisque with scallop and hake, the chicken with white onion velouté and creamed mashed potatoes, and the fillet of beef. Everything was good if not amazing.
The desserts were large and tasty – apple tarte tatin, Valrhona chocolate with vanilla ice cream (substituted for coffee ice cream as I don’t like coffee) and raspberries and a bursting cherry, and a huge pear soufflé with cinnamon ice cream. We also got some bonus homemade strawberry and lime marshmallows with our mint teas and coffees at the end.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful throughout and the atmosphere was great. If the food was slightly more innovative I might have given this restaurant 4 hoots.